I’m a very routine driven person, but I also get very lazy, especially when it comes to things I don’t like doing, such as housework.
I have been known to let the housework slide to disastrous levels, then get incredibly overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of the task involved in cleaning up.
But with age comes a little bit of wisdom (not much, but some.) and I have learned that by using my need for routine, I can overcome my laziness toward housework by a small degree. I implemented a cleaning schedule a few months ago and I am very pleased to say, that barring a few setbacks, I have stuck to it quite well.
I realized that by letting the housework pile up I was even less inclined to do it and I absolutely hated spending the majority of my day cleaning the house. These days I clean a little bit everyday and its working! Now my house will never be featured in Garden and Home, but it’s comfortable and I love it. I feel so much lighter when the space around me is under control. I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
If like me you struggle with the concept of being a domestic goddess, maybe a cleaning schedule is for you. I have tasks that need to be done daily, weekly tasks and special tasks (these include washing windows, dusting light fixtures, cleaning the oven, washing rugs etc.) The special tasks can be done when you have time to fit them in throughout the week, but the whole system is designed so that I shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes to an hour on housework a day.
This is what my cleaning routine looks like:
A load of laundry from start to finish (except the items that need to be ironed)
Unpack, load and run the dishwasher. Wash the dishes that need to be done by hand and put them away.
Wipe down the kitchen counters and dining room table
Take care of clutter immediately
Make the beds
Check the floors
Monday – Bathrooms
Tuesday – Dust the whole house
Wednesday – Vacuum the whole house
Thursday – Mop the whole house
Friday – Ironing
Weekend – change the sheets, wash sheets and towels.